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From coproduction and co-finance to the latest development news from Hollywood to Bollywood, C21Drama keeps you up to date with what’s happening in scripted entertainment worldwide. C21’s Drama Weekly carries further coverage of this sector.

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Warner Bros Discovery has confirmed it is cutting back on commissioning HBO Max originals in Europe, with some territories ceasing production entirely.
Fremantle-owned Strong Productions has appointed TV2 Denmark’s executive Sune Roland as its CEO.
Swedish pubcaster SVT and Danish prodco Miso Film are coproducing a TV adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 2000 film Faithless.
Fledgling New York-based producer and distributor Strong Studios is working with US production, finance and management firm The Cartel on a supernatural thriller.
Netflix hopes to resume Danish production after several weeks of a boycott that also involves local streamer Viaplay and commercial broadcaster TV2, but an agreement could still be a way off.
Sony-owned US anime streamer Crunchyroll is adapting South Korean web novel Solo Leveling into an anime series.
First Look Media-owned streamer Topic has acquired four European thrillers from TF1 and Newen Studios-owned distributor Newen Connect in the US and Canada.
German production and distribution group Leonine has secured a rights coup by adding major Lionsgate movie titles to its sales slate for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
SÉRIE SERIES: Disney+ in France has outlined its original production strategy and called for pitches with the potential to surprise execs and viewers alike.
Paris-based production and distribution giant Banijay Group plans to invest around US$31.3m in new IP before the end of the year to feed its catalogue and productions, according to a new filing related to its public listing as part of FL Entertainment.
US-based streamer Disney+ has added Chica Invisible (The Invisible Girl) to its original Spanish drama offering.
Disabled-led content production company Rockerdale Studios has appointed Alex Martin as its first head of development.
German pubcaster ARD is looking to international partnerships to bridge the funding gap in production standards that young audiences have come to expect.
A controversial dark comedy set as a potential war looms between Russia and Finland is being shopped to international buyers by the distribution arm of Finnish pubcaster YLE.
SERIE SERIES: The new head of drama at Norwegian pubcaster NRK has vowed to “dare to take chances” and continue creating conversation-starting series.
SÉRIE SERIES: Public broadcaster France Télévisions (FTV)’s international drama team has outlined its need for event series that make a noise among viewers and revealed how its Alliance coproduction partnership is evolving.
SÉRIE SERIES: A new creative network called The European Writers Club has launched in an effort to encourage collaboration between writers and broadcasters across Europe and speed up development in the face of rising competition from global streamers.
Lionsgate's global streaming platform Starzplay is teaming with Fremantle and Bron-backed prodco The Immigrant on Spanish-language dramedy series Yellow (working title).
Disney-owned cablenet Freeform has ordered a new drama from Ryan Seacrest Productions and ABC Signature.
TelevisaUnivision has set July 21 for the US and Mexican launch of its Spanish-language SVoD platform ViX+ and revealed new details about its original programming line-up and pricing.
Tom Winchester, the president of NBCUniversal-owned Heyday Television, is setting up his own scripted firm called Pure Fiction Television.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Indian prodco Locomotive Global Media has appointed Anup Thanvi as coordinating producer and Pearl Gill as head of production.
The Manchester arm of Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone’s drama prodco Sister has hired Simon Maloney, an exec producer whose credits include Peaky Blinders and Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You.
TelevisaUnivision’s soon-to-launch SVoD platform ViX+ is rebooting the popular Mexican anthology series Mujeres Asesinas (Killer Women).
California-based Lionsgate Television Group has struck a first-look production deal with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s production banner Le Train Train.
BritBox International’s CEO Reemah Sakaan and chief creative officer Diederick Santer have issued a call for a broader range of “game-changing” UK-driven stories, as the streamer looks to grow its subscriber base internationally and move beyond “lighter mystery and comfort series.”
Sky Deutschland has lined up a number of international scripted and unscripted series from in-house and third-party suppliers, all of which have been confirmed at its Up Next presentation in Munich.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Endeavor Content is in Central and Eastern Europe looking to plug a gap in the market opened up by US studios keeping content for their own streaming services, according to executive director Fabio Etienne-Tinchant.
Léonor Grandsire, the former MD for Southern Europe at NBCUniversal Networks, has been named deputy MD of Newen Group’s French arm.
The Kingdom Exodus, the third and final season of director Lars von Trier’s cult series that first aired almost 30 years ago, has been picked up by distributors across Europe, Japan and South Korea.
European production and distribution group Banijay has moved quickly to appoint a new CEO for its subsidiary Endemol Shine India.
Norwegian public broadcaster NRK has promoted Marianne Furevold-Boland from exec producer of the channel’s scripted output to be its new drama editor.
Warner Bros Television Group has renewed its overall deal with Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist and her production banner, Three Things Productions.
Baz Luhrmann’s 2008 feature film Australia is being expanded and repackaged as a six-part limited series for Disney streaming platforms globally.
Disney’s board of directors has extended CEO Bob Chapek’s contract for another three years.
Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV has appointed a new president and established a content strategy division to co-develop and coproduce "large-scale" projects with international streamers, broadcasters and producers.
LA-based Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has closed its acquisition of rival talent agency ICM Partners, the companies announced today.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Media Group Ukraine is developing a trio of drama projects based on the incredible stories of courage that have emerged since Russia's invasion began earlier this year, including one about a bomb-sniffing dog.
US cablenet HBO has ordered a fourth instalment of its anthology crime drama True Detective.
Sky Deutschland today took the wraps off three new German-language original series from Sky Studios, including a fresh take on Mary Shelley’s fantasy classic Frankenstein.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Nova Broadcasting Group-owner United Media is working on a series about a group of international jewel thieves with Serbian actor, director and producer Dragan Bjelogrlić's Cobra Film.
Production is underway on new Sky Original drama The Lovers, starring Roisin Gallagher (The Fall, The Dry) and Johnny Flynn (Beast, Emma).
Endemol Shine India’s CEO Abhishek Rege is leaving the Banijay-owned production company after 15 years.
NATPE BUDAPEST: Broadcasters around Europe have acquired Spanish daily drama Two Lives (Dos Vidas) from distributor StudioCanal, totalling over 250 episodes.
British actor and producer Idris Elba is in discussions to be part of a £1bn (US$1.2bn) bid for UK broadcaster Channel 4, according to a report from The Sunday Times.
Apple's SVoD service Apple TV+ has signed a multi-year first-look deal with Animal Pictures, the production outfit led by US actresses Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne and producer Danielle Renfrew Behrens.
UK public broadcaster Channel 4 has poached Charlie Perkins from local indie Blink Industries as its new head of comedy.
StarzPlay is seeking risky projects for an adult audience that could never be co-viewed by a family, according to its Spain-based development and production executive Mireia Acosta.
Iceland is aiming to attract more international productions by increasing the rebate on TV shows and series made in the country.
Chernobyl and Gangs of London producer Sister has optioned the rights to adapt the memoirs of The Split and Sex Traffic writer Abi Morgan for television.
The BBC has become the latest broadcaster to acquire Australian kids' action-comedy series Born to Spy from distributor ABC Commercial.
CONECTA: Brazilian commercial broadcaster Globo is looking to grow its slate of international coproductions around the world following a reorganisation of its leadership team.
UK industry training body ScreenSkills has published research that predicts film and high-end TV production spending is likely to reach between £7.07bn (US$8.66bn) and £7.66bn by 2025, up from £5.64bn in 2021.
Bafta-winning UK producer Joe Donaldson has set up production company Magic Hour Television and signed a first-look deal with All3Media International and All3Media-owned New Pictures.
Filipino commercial broadcaster ABS-CBN and South-east Asian streamer Viu are coproducing a local adaptation of South Korean drama series Flower of Evil.
German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Group has outlined changes to its content strategy in light of what it calls “supply problems” as US studios retain more content for their own platforms.
Jordan Moblo, the former director of IP scouting and acquisitions at Netflix, has joined Universal Studio Group (USG) as executive VP, creative acquisitions and IP management.
Global streamer Netflix has axed 300 more positions as it looks to cut costs across its business in response to stalled subscriber growth.
CONECTA: A new law in Spain seemingly intended to promote independent production is causing consternation among local indies, who believe it could have the opposite effect.
Toronto-based production company Shaftesbury has named Liz Levine as senior producer and VP of television.
CONECTA: Paramount’s international studio VIS has agreed a first-look deal with Spanish production company Morena Films to develop and produce films and series.
The eighth edition of The Studio21 Drama Series Script Competition (#studio21scriptcomp) has opened for entries.
CONECTA: The Walt Disney Company Latin America is seeking empowering stories that can make a strong social and cultural impact for its adult-skewing streaming brand Star+.
Broadcasters and platforms across the Central and Eastern European region have acquired more than 250 hours of drama and factual shows from UK-based distributor DCD Rights.
CONECTA: A new financing tool backed by the EU is aiming to attract investment totalling €400m (US$421m) for European indies between 2022 and 2027.
CONECTA: Ukrainian production studio Film.UA is set to begin filming new episodes of its hit drama Love in Chains in the war-torn country's capital Kyiv next week.
Foxtel veteran Brian Walsh will continue to spearhead the original drama division and local content strategy for the Australian pay TV group, under a newly signed consultancy agreement.
European content giant Banijay remains “on course” to go public on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange next week via the special-purpose-acquisition-company deal that was unveiled last month.
Canadian public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada has hailed a “landmark” regulatory decision that it said will enable it to evolve in a digital landscape, serve a broader swathe of the population and create more diverse content.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has taken another step forward in its quest to modernise the Canadian Broadcasting Act and bring online streaming services under domestic regulation.
CONECTA: A host of companies from Québec in Canada have made the journey to Spain for this year's Conecta Fiction & Entertainment event hoping to strengthen links between the two territories.
CONECTA: Portuguese public broadcaster RTP has teamed up with the streaming service from Brazil's Globo for the first time on a historical thriller due to start filming next month.
RTL Deutschland is currently investing €1bn (US$1.06bn) in content production, the company has revealed, an amount that will increase in the future.
CONECTA: Hulu Japan is on board for the second season of The Mediapro Studio's drama series The Head, which recently began filming in Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
UK pubcaster Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund has invested in Glasgow-based independent production company Freedom Scripted.
Australian public broadcaster SBS has sealed a deal with Mumbai-based distributor GoQuest Media for rights to award-winning Baltic drama series Traitor.
CONECTA: Ukrainian TV executives attending Conecta Fiction & Entertainment in Spain have urged the international industry not to forget about Russia's ongoing war on their country.
London- and LA-based based content company Arrested Industries has signed a co-development deal with AYR Media in LA to create a limited drama series based on AYR’s true crime podcast The Murder of Robert Wone.
Disney+ has picked up Canadian drama Coroner for the Balkans and Bulgaria, while Greece's Tanweer Alliances has acquired UK thriller Marcella as part of a string of deals signed by distributor Cineflix Rights.
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka is launching her own entertainment company backed by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s The SpringHill Company.